How to make a Simple Crochet Hat – Free Pattern

With the autumn coming in, I thought it would be a good time to share with you an old family hat crochet pattern. It’s pretty simple so great for beginners and uses a spiral as its basis. Even better, you can make a really cute hat in just over an hour!

If you need a stitch reminder at any point check out my free stitch guide posts and summary chart.

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“Be My Valentine” Jelly Roll Quilt – tried and tested

This post is to celebrate the completion of my “Be My Valentine” quilt designed by Helen Allison which is featured in Pam and Nicky Lintott’s gorgeous Jelly Roll Inspirations book.

This is my second quilt (first one from a Jelly Roll!) and is made from Moda’s “Summer House” jelly roll by Lily Ashbury and some white multi-coloured polka dot spot background fabric. Continue reading

How to make a Cute Peg Bag (Peter Pan Collar Dress Style)

To make my cute dress style peg bag I used 2 pieces of 112cm x 50cm fabric (one for the lining and the other for the main outer), a children’s wooden coat hanger and 3 buttons. As it was great fun to make I thought it would be good to share my pattern with you.  Continue reading

Roman Blinds for Velux Attic Windows – how I made them.

Over the last few days I have been busy making some Roman Blinds for my Velux windows – I thought it would be good to share this with you as I have yet to find a similar idea on the web.

To make the blind I used some blind fabric, lining fabric, top and bottom wooden battens (mine were 3cm x 2cm for the top and 2cm x 0.5cm), dowel rod (I used 6mm diameter), velcro, blind cord, screw eyes, cleat, small blind rings.

Please note, if you feel inspired to try out this idea yourself, you will need to adapt your wood and fabric materials and measurements to suit your window size and needs. For example if the window is large or you are using heavy fabric you will need thicker dowel and battens and will need to make your casings and hem wider to accommodate the wood.

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